Made from unpasteurized cow's milk
Country of origin: United States
Type: soft, artisan
Texture: creamy and spreadable
Flavour: sharp, sour, strong
Cup cheese is a Pennsylvania Dutch Cheese made by the Amish and Mennonites for centuries. A very soft, sour cheese, it has an odour stronger than a Limburger with a consistency resembling molasses. The cheese can be easily made at home by cooking processed American cheese/cottage cheese, butter, cream, salt, baking soda, water and raw milk. It is stored in a pot, or cup in the refrigerator, which gives the cheese its name.
This cheese is a homemade speciality and is not easily found in stores. But it can be occasionally found in farmer's markets in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, an area where they are sold by the Amish or Mennonites themselves.
It is a very fatty cheese with almost 70% of calories coming from fat. However, there are fat-free varieties available in the market with mild, medium, and sharp flavours.